I am a cisgendered, disorder heterosexual, this site heteroromantic, glands monogamous male. I am happily married to a beautiful Belarussian and we live in a small house in Baraboo, Wi with our beautiful daughter, Uliana. I am an Uber-Liberal Unitarian Universalist (UU), more specifically – an Agnostic Humanist, who attends the Free Congregation of Sauk County.
I support the issues of Separation of Church and State, Gay and Poly Rights, the International Fixed Calender (IFC), 24 Hour Clock, and the Metric System, Esperanto, Yoga, Evolutionary Creationism, as well as Globalization. Yes, I know… keep laughing. =) =P
I am a member of the Green Party and I support Bernie Sanders for President.
I am also a LGBT+P advocate. You can take a look at my many writings on this site.
I am a budding writer. If you are interested you can see some of my writings on this site.
Computers, Web Development, Role Playing Games, Martial Arts, Traveling, Esperanto, Investing, Religion, Politics, Yoga, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Nerdy, Rock, Hard Rock
Education and Training
Right after highschool I enlisted in the Navy for 6 years and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a Reactor Operator/Electronics Technician during the tail end of Desert Storm.
I have graduated with honors from the Herzing College of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an A.S. in Computer Networking Technologies; as well as being a Certified Usability Analyst from Human Factors International.
I am working as web standards-based developer dealing with such issues as Semantics, Separation of Layers, and Validation. I am involved with Accessibility and Usability in addition to Web Standards.
I have traveled around the world a little bit, both while in and out of the military, to the following countries: Spain, Italy, Israel, Greece, France, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, St. Martin N.A., Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, and Germany.
The most beautiful place that I have been is Prague, Czech Republic – their buildings are exquisite. I hope to visit China, Japan, and Ireland some day. My wife and I both want to visit Paris and Rome together.
I have taken trips with friends and family to places around the United States like: Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Hoover Dam, Bad Lands National Park, the Statue of Liberty, Saguaro National Park, Yellow Stone National Park, Disney Wold, Disney Land, Hershey Pennsylvania, and more.
Traditional American, Italian or Mexican, although I generally avoid all three since have been trying to eat as healthy as I can – slowly adding vegetables into my diet, as well as much organic as I can. I would love to be a vegetarian, but I do not like vegetables so much, so It is a struggle. =)
Primarily pop, rock, and 80’s Hair Metal.
2 Cellos, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bruce Willis, Creed, Def Leppard, Enigma, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls, Guns and Roses, Jeff Healy, Journey, Nickleback, Pat Benetar, Poison, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queen, REO Speed Wagon, Scorpions, Third Eye Blind, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, White Snake
primarily sci-fi, nerdy, and fantasy
Agents of Shield, Big Bang Theory, Caprica, Daredevil (Netflix), Defiance, Doctor Who, Firefly, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Glee, Gotham, Heroes, Jessica Jones (Netflix), New Girl, Peggy Carter, Sense8 (Netflix), Star Trek (original series, TNG), Supernatural, The Expanse, The Magicians, The Shield, Torchwood,
I hate to admit it but American Idol, The Voice, and So You Think You Can Dance. I blame these fully on my wife.
News and Politics: AJ+, CNN, David Pakman, John Oliver, John Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Steven Colbert, The Young Turks
Primarily Science Fiction and Action/Adventure, with a splash of Drama
300, 5th Element, Aladdin (Disney), Aliens, Angels and Demons, Army of Darkness, Avatar, Braveheart, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Clash of the Titans (original), Contact, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Dances with Wolves, Dark City, Divergent, Enemy at the Gates, Finding Nemo, Event Horizon, Gladiator, Harry Potter (series), Hercules (Disney), Hunger Games, Indiana Jones, Interstellar, Ironman, James Bond movies, Labyrinth, Lethal Weapon (series), Lord of the Rings, Lost in Space, Matrix, Monsters Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Pay It Forward, Pirates of the Caribbean, Primal Fear, Pulp Fiction, Rent, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Romeo and Juliet ( Danes and Di Caprio), Romeo Must Die, Scent of a Woman, Serenity, Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, Sister Act (don’t judge me =P ), Sixth Sense, Spiderman, Star Trek (original and new), Star Wars (IV, V, VI, VII), The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, The Maze, The Princess Bride, The Usual Suspects, Toy Story, Troy, Unbreakable, Wimbledon, X-Men
I don’t know how it happened, but the wife and I survived a Star Wars Marathon for the release of Episode 7 – a total of 7 movies and 23 hours including driving. =)
Books, Pleasure Reading
Check my Good Reads profile for more info on the books I have read.
Primarily Science Fiction and Fantasy
I have not done a whole lot of ‘pleasure reading’ in the last 10 years or so. In the last year I started reading the Harry Potter books to look them at from the stand point of learning how to write. I am on book 5.
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown), Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien), Robots Trilogy (Issac Asimov), Star Wars Novels (Timothy Zahn), Sword Dancer Trilogy (Jennifer Robberson), The Dark Elf Series (R.A. Salvatore), The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown), The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown), Dungeons and Dragons as well as other RPG books.
Books, More Serious Books
Check my Good Reads profile for more info on the books I have read.
I read books on healthy living, real estate, investment, business management, religion, civil rights and constitutional law, as well as evolutionary psychology and biology, sexuality and relationships, religious history, philosophy, theology, divine feminine, and symbolism. Examples:
I have many books on Kindle and Nook. I watch TED Talks, Cosmos, and Crash Courses. If you do not know about Great Courses then please go there NOW!! I loves it. It is my precious.
Some courses I have listened to:
- Augustine: Philosopher and Saint
- Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft
- Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity
- The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World
I have too many of these too. So much to learn. so little time!
RPGS: I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons and Star Wars as well as a smidge of Alternity, GURPS, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu and other RPG’s for over 25 years. Years ago I played Magic: the Gathering and Spellfire.
Other Table Top Games: Axis and Allies, Euchre, Carcasonne, Firefly, Othello, Pandemic, Rook, Risk (Dr. Who), Settlers of Catan, Tsuro
Computer and Console: In the distant past I have also played Atari 2600, SNES, Play Station 1, 2, 3 and various computer games, although I have had to pretty much end all console or computer gaming due to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in my wrist and forearms. (me sad panda) I was playing Mech Warrior Online (MWO) and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Currently, I am only playing a turn based strategy game called Mordheim: City of the Damned. Turn based games are about what my arms can handle. =(
I have done martial arts, racquetball, ping pong, tennis, and yoga
I watch Packer games, but that is about it.